TUGUN BYPASS IN DEMAND BY BUSINESS AND COMMUTERS

One million vehicles used the $543-million Tugun bypass in south-east Queensland in the first month of the motorway’s operation.

The bypass was opened to traffic on June 3 – six months ahead of schedule – and vehicle number one million crossed the bypass on July 2. Ten per cent of the vehicles were trucks which meant 100,000 fewer trucks travelled through Tugun during the period.

The four lane, 7 km bypass is designed to cut travel times between Currumbin and Tweed Heads to about five minutes, and to significantly improve freight movement between Brisbane and Sydney. It will also reduce existing traffic along the Gold Coast Highway by up to 55%.

The Queensland Government committed $423 million to construction of the bypass while the Federal Government contributed $120 million.

The Tugun bypass opened days after Queensland Premier, Anna Bligh, announced an expansion of the Gateway Bridge duplication in Brisbane. The expansion involves works that will increase a section of the Gateway Upgrade Project from four to six lanes.

The section to be upgraded is north of the new airport interchange and includes a 740-metre bridge over the Kedron Brook floodplain.

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